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Synopsis: In the aftermath of the quarantine, the staff tries to return to its normal routine; as Dr. Audrey Lim recovers from the virus, she and Dr. Neil Melendez navigate their new relationship; Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Aaron Glassman try to relax. (TV Guide)
Writer: Thomas L. Moran
Director: Dawn Wilkinson
Running Time: 41mins
Airs: Mondays at 10pm on CTV (Canada)/ABC (United States)
Time for a filler episode.
This episode started as the title describes it, dealing with the aftermath of the quarantine from the previous two episodes. The hospital’s handling of the crisis was under investigation. Meanwhile, most of the doctors had the day off which meant seeing them in unusual positions. Reznick actually wanted to hang out with Browne while Park wanted his whole family together. Lea forced Murphy to go out so of course he gravitated to a better but mostly aggravated Glassman.
Glassman wanted to be left alone and didn’t understand his current relationship with Murphy. Neither he nor Lea seemed to have other friends other than Glassman. Murphy goaded him into going to Lunch with him and Lea which was just a ploy to convince him to start chemo therapy on time. The three would later race go karts (Murphy was nonexistent). By the end of the night, Glassman agreed to speed up his chemo therapy.
Reznick would of course have an ulterior motive in wanting to meet Browne and it was to move on form Tyler for whom she’d misrepresent her relationship with. Reznick’s need for a distraction led her tag along with Browne to help her mother who was moving out to get away from a man who she claimed to be abusive. However, Reznick and her gun wanted to do something about it. The man just asked her to marry him which she wasn’t ready for. By the end of the night, Browne and Reznick grew closer.
Park’s family had a family fun day. Once with his ex-wife, he refused to open up to her which was the main reason for their divorce. Park wanted to get back together with his ex-wife who was not interested. By the end of the night, Park’s ex-wife became open to possibly getting back together.
Back at the hopsital, Lim wanted to take a step back with Melendez who did not take it well. They would later reconsider their positions. Andrews defended himself and the hospital for his dual role as president and chief of surgery to the investigator. He would later be presented with the investigation’s findings, citing Lim, Melendez, and Murphy’s actions. The investigator was set to submit her findings to the medical board, recommending that the three have their medical licenses suspended. Andrews’ pleading didn’t appear to help their case.
The episode ended with Murphy returning to his apartment to meet Lea’s boyfriend before they both left him alone while all the other characters retired to their own lives.
Overall, Aftermath was a pretty non-eventful episode of The Good Doctor. Instead of actually focusing on the aftermath of the quarantine as the preview implied, most of the episode took place outside the hospital as it chose to focus on other character subplots which did bring some character development but it didn’t really change all that much at the end of the day. It makes sense to slow things down after the last two heavy episodes, however, the balance of the episode was a little disappointing and relegating this to a mostly filler episode. Though with 20+ episode network season, these types of episodes are inevitable, its bad timing hurt its effectiveness. Hopefully things pick up next week.